Tableau at the First International Surrealist Exhibition in London 1936.
In image: Diana Brinton-Lee, Salvador Dalí (in diving suit), Rupert Lee, Paul Éluard, Nusch Éluard, ELT Mesens
Dalí had attempted to deliver his lecture Fantomes paranoiaques authentiques, wearing the diving suit but after a few minutes was near asphyxiation and had to be rescued by poet David Gascoyne: “The eminent surrealist caused a furore when he stepped on stage and began to deliver his lecture in a full deep-sea diving suit. Only minutes later, a shocked audience watched with a mixture of horror and disbelief, as he began to suffocate and had to be prised out of the helmet with pliers.” (Source)
”I just wanted to show that I was plunging deeply into the human mind,” Dalí said…
Image by unknown photographer, via The Home of the Surrealists: Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and their Circle at Farley Farm in Google Books